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E PISTLE E VI.
To Mr. MURRAY.
NOT to admire, is all the Art I know,
To make men happy, and to keep them fo." (Plain Truth, dear MURRAY, needs no flow'rs of fpeech,
So take it in the very words of Creech.)
This Vault of Air, this congregated Ball, Self-center'd Sun, and Stars that rise and fall, There are, my Friend! whofe philofophic eyes Look thro', and truft the Ruler with his skies, To him commit the hour, the day, the year, And view this dreadful All without a fear.
Admire we then, what Earth's low entrails hold,
VER. 10. And view this dreadful All without a fear.] He has added this idea to his text; and it greatly heightens the dignity of the whole thought. He gives it the appellation of a dreadful Al, because the immenfity of God's creation, which modern philofophy has fo infinitely enlarged, is apt to affect narrow minds, who measure the divine comprehenfion by their own, with dreadful suspicions of man's being overlooked in this dark and narrower corner of existence, by a Governor occupied and bufied with the fum of things.
Ludicra, quid, plaufus, et amici dona Quiritis?
Quo fpectanda modo, quo fenfu credis et øre?
h Qui timet his adverfa, fere miratur eodem Quo cupiens pacto: pavor eft utrobique moleftus: Improvifa fimul species exterret utrumque :
Gaudeat, an doleat; cupiat, metuatne; quid ad rem,
Si, quidquid videt melius pejufve fua spe,
* Infani fapiens nomen ferat, aequus iniqui; Ultra quam fatis eft, virtutem fi petat ipfam..
! I nunc, argentum et marmor vetus, aeraque
Sufpice: cum gemmis " Tyrios mirare colores:
VER. 21. In either cafe, believe me, we admire ;] i. e. Thefe objects, in either cafe, affect us, as objects unknown affect the mind, and confequently betray us into falle judgments.
VER. 22. Whether we joy or grieve, the fame the curse, Surprie'd at better, or furpriz d at worfe.] 1 he elegance of this is fuperior to the Original. The curfe is the fame
Or f Popularity? or Stars and Strings?
If weak the pleasure that from these can spring, The fear to want them is as weak a thing: Whether we dread, or whether we defire, In either cafe, believe me, we admire; Whether we joy or grieve, the same the curse, Surpriz'd at better, or furpriz'd at worse. Thus good or bad, to one extreme betray Th' unbalanc'd Mind, and snatch the Man away; For Virtue's felf may too much zeal be had; The worst of Madmen is a Saint run mad.
1 Go then, and if you can, admire the state
(fays he) whether we joy or grieve. Why fo? Because, in either cafe, the man is furprized, hurried off, and led away captive.
(The good or bad to one extreme betray
Th' unbalanc'd Mind, and fnatch the Man away.) This happy advantage, in the imitation, arifes from the ambiguity of the word furprize.
Mutus et (indignum; quod fit pejoribus ortus)
Hic tibi fit potius, quam tu mirabilis illi.
Quicquid fub terra eft, in apricum proferet aetas;
Defodiet, condétque nitentia. cum bene notum
Porticus Agrippae, et via te conspexerit Appi;
Ire tamen reftat, Nuina quo devenit et Ancus.
* Si latus aut renes morbo tentantur acuto,
If not fo pleas'd, at Council-board rejoice,
Shall One whom Nature, Learning, Birth, con
To form, not to admire but be admir'd,
w Rack'd with Sciatics, martyr'd with the Stone, Will any mortal let himself alone?
See Ward by batter'd Beaus invited over,
And defp'rate Mifery lays hold on Dover.